Join us on our 7-day photographic adventure through Costa Rica’s beautiful tropical lowlands. Capture beautiful images of birds, monkeys, frogs, bats, sloths, snakes as well as the vibrant green landscape.
During the photo workshop, we will visit Tortuguero National Park and have custom photography boat trips to explore the fresh water canals that are full of diverse wildlife, as well as explore Northern Costa Rica’s rainforest as we focus on the wildlife that calls this area home.
We will also visit family farms and reserves that specialize in frogs, monkeys, colorful macaws, and the other birds that live in the forest of these properties.
During the Costa Rica Tropical Lowlands photography workshop, we will share our photographic techniques for creating images of nectar feeding bats at night with flash photography setups. Learn how to freeze the bats wings and capture tack sharp detail as they visit our flowers during their late night feedings.
We will show you how to use flashes controlled by radio triggers to produce an effective shutter speed of 1/5,000 of a second producing amazing detail.
For those photographers looking to explore more of Costa Rica, consider attending the Costa Rica Photography Workshop with a hummingbird focus, and save $500 when you register for both trips.
Topics we will cover:
Techniques for wildlife photography
Macro photography and lighting
Balancing fill flash and natural light
Natural light techniques for creating sharp and blurred wing images
Priority exposures vs manual exposure – Benefits of each mode
Getting the most out of the histogram
Techniques for sharp in-flight photos
Camera settings for auto-focus in different scenarios
Different metering modes
Techniques for sharp and high quality images
Remote flash techniques and flash placement
Image post processing with Lightroom and Photoshop
Best Photoshop Plug-ins to speed up post processing
Hanging out with Speedy!
Two White-faced capuchin monkeys checking us out.
A glass frog poses on its perch. You can see all the way through these fascinating creatures.
Learn night photography with our multi-flash systems. A long-tongue bat visits a flower in the rainforest.
As we visit a local Costa Rican farm, the Scarlet macaws put on a good show.
Luxury cabanas in the remote Tortuguero National Park.
Tortuguero National Park
Tortuguero National Park of Costa Rica is a remote photographer’s paradise. This tropical park hosts a diversity of wildlife due to its multiple habitats including rainforests, swamps, mangroves, beaches and fresh water lagoons.
On the Caribbean coast, Tortuguero National Park covers over 77,000 acres and we will explore this region by boat photographing the many birds, monkeys, lizards, and reptiles that call this area home.
Due to the remote nature of this park, our captain will meet and transport the group with a boat as we leave the roads behind. We will take the scenic one-hour trip as we wind down a small river until we reach the fresh water lagoons of the park reaching our luxury lodge for the next 3 nights. Each day we will explore the region by boat in the morning and evenings when the light is superior. During the mid-day hours, we will take opportunities around the lodge for some frog and lizard photography, as well as discuss photography techniques.
The chartered 24-passenger boat will only be taking 4 photographers guests to allow the best photography opportunities and provide everyone plenty of room to get that fantastic shot.
Private chartered 24-passenger boat to explore the wildlife of the freshwater lagoons.
Some of the species we hope to photograph while at Tortuguero National Park:
White-faced capuchin monkey
Green basilisk lizard
Red-webbed tree frog
Strawberry poison-dart frog
Central American river otter
Lesser long-nosed bats
American Pygmy kingfisher
Bare-throated tiger heron
Little blue heron
Yellow-crowned night heron
Northern Costa Rica Rainforest
Photograph the rainforest as we venture into Northern Costa Rica and are emersed in nature at a remote ecolodge which preserves over 1200 acres of pristine wilderness. The ecolodge has been designed with photographers in mind and provides many unique opportunities for award winning images due to the perches, feeders, photography blind and even bat night photography. We will spend the next three days photographing at the ecolodge and surrounding areas.
At first light we will be ready on the perches for the toucans, parrots and many different tanagers that visit for the fresh fruit. After breakfast each day we will head over to the blind built for photographer to photograph the spectacular white feathered King Vulture as well as the Black and Turkey Vultures.
As the sun gets high and the quality light fades, we will look for opportunities for some macro images for subjects like the Eyelash palm pit viper and the colorful Costa Rican frogs. We will also take some time to discuss photography techniques and post processing of images.
In the late afternoon, we will turn our attention back to the perches and the feeders as the birds visit for a snack.
As the sun sets, we now look to photograph the Long-tongued bats with a multi-flash system producing 1/5,000 second exposures at night. By incorporating 7 speedlights synchronized with radio triggers, we can produce stunning images freezing the bats as they feed on the nectar of the local flowers.
Some of the species that visit the ecolodge:
Great Green Macaw
Central American pygmy owl
Eyelash palm pit viper
Central American Agouti
Broad-billed Motmot is a common visitor to our Northern Rainforest ecolodge.
Private boats explore all Tortuguero National Park has to offer.
White-faced capuchin from the Sarapiqui regions. These curious creatures are fun to photograph.
Tortuguero National Parks boasts great wildlife. Here a Howler monkey enjoys a snack.
Macro photography with the colorful frogs of Costa Rica.
A Central American Pygmy Owl poses at our Northern Costa Rica lodge.
Sarapiqui Local Preserves
Visit two locations that offer fantastic photographic opportunities and are protecting the environment at the same time. Photograph the wildlife that surrounds these locations in the Sarapiqui lowland region of Costa Rica.
From the colorful Macaws, slow-moving sloths, mischievous monkeys, colorful iconic frogs, and bright tanagers, we will be searching for that perfect image.
As we arrive, our hosts will welcome us with a tour highlighting the wildlife that is currently in the area. We will then spend our time photographing the species of interest as we enjoy the hospitality of our hosts.
The frogs of Costa Rica are always a highlight of the trip, and we will work with these colorful creatures on interesting perches, nice backgrounds and lighting.
Each location offers very different opportunities to photograph different species and the below list is a sample of the species that visit these locations:
Great green macaws
Red-eyed tree frogs
Blue jean frogs
White-headed capuchin monkeys
White collared manakin
Helmet Headed lizards
Blue Morpho Butterflies
Long-billed hermit hummingbird
Honduran white bats
Green Emerald Basilisk Lizards
American Pygmy Kingfishers
Is this Chimping?
Photography opportunities with maximum field time! We don’t do large groups so you are guaranteed to have lots of quality field time and great spots to photograph the wildlife and landscapes during the Costa Rica Tropical Lowlands Photography Workshop.